Australia Will Keep Detaining Refugees Indefinitely, Whatever the World Thinks

10 Mar

I’m not convinced about the poll which claims 60% of Australians want harsher conditions. Undoubtedly, the number is high, too high, shamefully high, but one poll, oft quoted, is not representative. Regardless, this is done to the shame of all Australians and must stop. This is not about stopping drownings, but about winning votes via engendering hate and other. Propaganda, without official transparency and without genuine mainstream media scrutiny, is just propaganda and has no place in a modern democracy nor execution by a supposedly fair-minded country.

TIME

In 1992, Australia introduced a mandatory detention policy for non-citizens entering the country without a valid visa. It was intended to be a risk-management tool, enabling the health and security status of refugees and illegal immigrants to be checked while preventing such arrivals from simply vanishing into the general population.

While that sounds reasonable on paper, the reality is that there are today around 10,000 men, women and children detained indefinitely, without hope of release unless they agree to return to the countries they risked their lives to flee in the first place. Just under half that number are being held in squalid detention centers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the South Pacific island of Nauru that are breeding grounds for rape, rioting, malaria and mental illness, and that bear the look and feel of concentration camps.

“If a liberal democracy decides a group of people, depending on where…

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